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07-10-2012, 02:56 PM - 1 Like   #1
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Theft by taking

Well, that's how it felt, driving away from a meeting with a very nice gentleman last evening. Met him through his ad on CL, and picked up the following for a grand total of $40:

ME Super - chrome - excellent+ cosmetics, needs a CLA (hello, Eric....)
ME winder II - slight corrosion from old batteries, but cleaned up nicely, and works perfectly.
SMC M 50mm F1.7 - like new
Vivitar Series 1 28-105mm F2.8-3.8 - like new
Vivitar 75-205mm F3.8 - excellent cosmetics and function, but some magenta spotting on front element.
Super Albinar 49mm close up kit - +1, +2, & +3
Vivitar 550 FD Auto Thyristor flash - like new
Assorted filters to fit all 3 lenses
Cable release
All in a padded aluminum case

This is slated to become my color kit, as soon as I can afford to get the ME Super off to CLA.

Now, if I could just get over the guilt!

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....ah.....err.....good title.
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I envy you that 28-105MM Vivitar. The rest I could take or leave but that's a nice little lens and I covet that. I've got the 75-150 though so it's not like I'm deprived, grin. Don't feel guilty, just enjoy. It was meant to be, obviously.
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....ah.....err.....good title.
Seemed to fit....

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I envy you that 28-105MM Vivitar. The rest I could take or leave but that's a nice little lens and I covet that. I've got the 75-150 though so it's not like I'm deprived, grin. Don't feel guilty, just enjoy. It was meant to be, obviously.
It really is a sweet lens, I might have to sneak it into my B&W kit just for a few test sessions.

The guy had it advertized back in January for $85, still a great price, but an hour and a half drive away, so I passed on it. With summer here, and his price reduction, I couldn't pass it up again, and made the trip on two wheels for a LOT less gas money!
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that sweet padded case is worth the $40 all day long.
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that sweet padded case is worth the $40 all day long.
Without a doubt! Looked a little obvious strapped on the back of the Super Glide though....had my fingers crossed the whole way home hoping not to get pulled over by the State Police.... "What ya got in that case, boy??"
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QuoteOriginally posted by Lukinosity Quote
that sweet padded case is worth the $40 all day long.
Well that depends. As for storage only, perhaps. But a majority of those case are nothing more than a very thin metal skin over an extremely thin sheet of plywood. Not much more protection than a soft sided case.

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What! OMG! great steal!
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What! OMG! great steal!
Yeah, but I'm still trying to explain to the missus how a $40 purchase needs another $100 (CLA) to make it right....lol.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Griz57 Quote
Without a doubt! Looked a little obvious strapped on the back of the Super Glide though....had my fingers crossed the whole way home hoping not to get pulled over by the State Police.... "What ya got in that case, boy??"
In your part of PA that would not be fun.......

Still am in awe of your find.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Griz57 Quote
Theft by taking
Think of it as rescuing a wonderful camera from oblivion. If you had not come along the owner, or his family, would eventually have chucked it into the landfill. So, not 'theft' just 'rescue' of a great piece of mechanical history that now has an owner that appreciates it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jatrax Quote
So, not 'theft' just 'rescue' of a great piece of mechanical history that now has an owner that appreciates it.
That's how I justify it . . .
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In your part of PA that would not be fun.......

Still am in awe of your find.
Yeah, our Staties aren't really known for their sense of humor. I did manage to remember to take a copy of the ad with me, just for backup!
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Think of it as rescuing a wonderful camera from oblivion. If you had not come along the owner, or his family, would eventually have chucked it into the landfill. So, not 'theft' just 'rescue' of a great piece of mechanical history that now has an owner that appreciates it.
I appreciate your thought process, that poor thing had not seen the light of day since the '90's.
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